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September 2018 Issue

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Exclusive Police Survey: Body Cameras

By David Griffith

Body cameras have become so important in contemporary law enforcement in a very short time that of the readers who responded that they are using them, 81% said they were required to use them by their agency. That puts these devices in the same category as uniforms and radios and duty guns.

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<p>Many public safety officials still rely on LMR networks for mission critical voice features.(Photo: Franklin Rau)</p>

The Future of Police Radio  

Why is LMR still front and center, with broadband LTE just around the corner? A number of factors help to explain it. Some have to do with the nature of police operations, while others reflect realities around such issues as cost and infrastructure.

<p>The primary purpose of interview and interrogation is to&nbsp;secure the suspect&#39;s narrative about their alleged role in the offense. (Photo: Getty Images)</p>

Handling Suspects’ Claims of Insanity During Interrogation  

Using the mnemonic "INSANITY," PNCLIS (pronounced "Pin-clis") incorporates eight essential elements to assist law enforcement with collecting and documenting information about a suspect's thought processes at and around the time of an offense.

<p>Training needs to prepare you for the infrequent but high-danger stresses of patrol, as well as the frequent lower danger activities. (Photo: Getty Images)</p>

The Patrol Athlete  

If you work patrol, you'll benefit from an exercise regimen focused on functional strength training specific to your daily duties.

<p>Veteran LEOs tend to wear Hawaiian shirts or sometimes bowling shirts. (Photo: Getty Images)</p>

The Old Guy League  

This old guy league is a collection of distinguished and often colorful characters; take time to get to know a few. It is very important for the older generations to pass on the institutional knowledge and share the hard lessons learned for this profession to progress.

<p>Mid-level police officers play a pivotal role in balancing the demands of task-oriented and empowering leadership. (Photo: Getty Images)</p>

How Police Leaders Can Get the Best Work from Their Officers  

Research suggests that empowerment is an important vehicle for improving service delivery and performance.

<p>Ford says the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility hybrid is more powerful and more economical than the current gasoline-only models. (Photo: Ford Motor Company)</p>

2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility with Hybrid Powertrain  

Ford says that with its fuel savings and reduced cost of maintenance the 2020 PI Utility hybrid will pay back the additional cost of the hybrid powertrain in two years.

<p>Law enforcement agencies are deploying mobile devices to ensure that officers are equipped with the most up-to-date information.&nbsp;(Photo: Panasonic)</p>

Tech on the Go  

Using a combination of mobile hardware and law enforcement software, along with newer resources like FirstNet, officers can do their jobs safely and more efficiently.

<p>The 2019 Dodge Durango Pursuit features&nbsp; a new front end design that helps cool the brakes during intense driving. (Photo: Dodge)</p>

2018 Dodge Durango Pursuit  

One big change between the 2018 Durango Pursuit and the 2019 models is that buyers now have a choice of engines. The 2018 was released with one engine, the 5.7-liter V-8 HEMI. The 2019 is available with the HEMI or with a 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6.

<p>Axon Fleet 2 (Photo: Axon)</p>

Mobile Technology 2018  

Use these high-tech tools to enhance your capabilities on duty when rolling in your mobile office.

<p>908 Devices<br />MX908 (Photo: 908 Devices)</p>

Drug Detection and Officer Protection  

Police need tools to identify unknown substances and to keep those materials from harming them.

<p>Comic book costume players interact with the public at last year&#39;s Superhero September event. (No children from the Child Advocacy Center are pictured.) Photo courtesy Sean Reavie</p>

Making Superheroes  

Phoenix Crimes Against Children detective Sean Reavie created the charitable effort Superhero September to provide toys and apparel as well as other comforts for the children his detective unit is tasked with protecting.


<p>Dave Smith (Image: Sequoia Blankenship)</p>

Lessons Learned  

First and foremost, the recordings reveal that force is ugly. It is not the "one punch, hero wins, bad guy goes down," movie action the public has been conditioned to expect. 

<p>Jon Adler,&nbsp;President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Foundation</p>

Eyes in the Sky  

The bad guys are exploiting piloted aerial video for criminal purposes at an unrestricted pace, undeterred by laws, costs, or public perception. Law enforcement must put on its cape with the big "S" and prevail in this video star wars.

<p>Contributing Web Editor Doug Wyllie</p>

Off-Duty Safety Tips  

It's no secret that groups like Antifa and Anonymous are simpatico, and when you add BLM activists to the mix, you have a troika of anti-police groups that is not to be underestimated. Consequently, officers must maintain vigilant watch for threats while off duty.

<p>Editor David Griffith (Photo: Kelly Bracken)</p>

Officers Talk Freely About Body Cameras  

The primary reason officers like wearing body cams is for protection from lies about their character and their behavior. That's invaluable.


<p>The 9-inch lace-up Sage A3 boots&nbsp;fit true to size, and may require a good break-in time. (Photo: OD:30)</p>

Police Product Test: OD:30 Sage A3 Composite Toe Combat Boot  

These OD:30 boots meet American Military Standards and right out of the box I could tell these were built to last. They aren't heavy but they're definitely sturdy and the fit and finish is impeccable.

<p>The new&nbsp;&frac14;-zip combat shirt is made of a breathable cotton&nbsp;blend and Cordura nylon. (Photo: Tru-Spec)</p>

Police Product Test: Tru-Spec T.R.U. 1/4 Zip Combat Shirt  

Unlike the traditional cotton T-shirt feel of traditional combat shirts, this one feels more like a sports performance fabric common to compression workout clothing.


<p>Spending time in a flotation tank can relieve stress by allowing your mind to let go of daily worries and your muscles to relax, without any outside stimuli to distract you. (Photo:&nbsp;George Ryan)</p>

Benefits of Floating  

A few benefits of floating include: reduced stress, improved sleeping patterns, and a balanced well-being.

<p>Bitcoins, although called &quot;coins,&quot; are not objects, merely lines of encrypted data. (Photo: Getty Images)</p>

The Challenge of Cryptocurrencies  

A decade ago cryptocurrencies were nothing more than curiosities for computer geeks. Now they are going legitimate, but despite all of the moves toward legitimacy, cryptocurrencies remain the favored money for criminal activity online.

<p>Someone planning to abduct you will follow you to gather information that will aid in your capture. (Photo: Anthony and Tracy Sherman from&nbsp;Genesis Group)</p>

Surviving as a Hostage  

As police officers (and especially if you work corrections) in the United States or Canada, you have to ask this question: What would you do if you were taken hostage?

<p>When searching vehicles, always wear proper gloves to protect yourself from fentanyl exposure.&nbsp; (Photo courtesy Police File)</p>

How to Protect Against Fentanyl Exposure  

It's important to know what to look for if you suspect contact with fentanyl. Symptoms of opioid overdose include very small "pinpoint" pupils, slow heartbeat or low blood pressure, and being unresponsive.

<p>5.11&#39;s Flex-Tac Poly/Wool Class A uniform has a classic look but uses advanced technology. (Photo courtesy&nbsp;5.11 Tactical)</p>

The New Classic  

5.11 Tactical's new Flex-Tac Poly/Wool Class A uniform is made with Australian Merino wool and mechanical stretch for great comfort, fit, and easy maintenance with a polished appearance.

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